President Putin explains why it is not possible to negotiate peace with Ukraine.

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President Vladimir Putin said that, as Russia withdrew its troops from Kiev, the Ukrainian government seemed no longer interested in peace talks.

President Vladimir Putin

Unable to negotiate with Ukraine

Ukraine refuses to engage in peace talks, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists on Friday when asked about possible negotiations to end the conflict between the two countrieas.

“The Kiev government had been saying that they wanted talks and ostensibly asked for them, but now they issued a formal decision that prohibits them,” he said during a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, on October 14.

Earlier this month, Zelensky signed a decree forbidding any negotiations with Putin, saying Ukraine will only talk to Russia when it has a different president. Putin remarked that mediation by nations, including Türkey, between Moscow and Kiev, might be required if Ukraine’s position changes.

During Turkey-mediated talks in late March, Putin recalled that Russia and Ukraine reached a preliminary agreement which could have halted hostilities. “Those agreements were almost initialled. But as soon as the troops were pulled back from Kiev, the leadership in Kiev lost all desire to have talks,” he remarked.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced a withdrawal of troops from around the Ukrainian capital after news broke that the negotiators in Istanbul had agreed on a draft treaty. Under its terms, Ukraine would have pledged to maintain a neutral status and prohibit foreign troops and military installations on its soil in exchange for security guarantees from foreign nations, including Russia.

According to Russian diplomats, Moscow wrote up a formal peace agreement based on Ukrainian proposals and sent it to Kiev but received no reply.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian government has repeatedly affirmed its position to negotiate only when Russia withdraws all its troops from the country, and Ukraine regains control of the entire territory.

Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine at the end of February with the declaration of “demilitarization” and “Denazification” of the neighbouring country. The hostilities are about to enter the 9th month, but there is no sign of abating, while the prospects for negotiations are still fragile.

Putin said that he has no regrets about Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine. He added: “There is no need for large-scale raids right now (on Ukraine.) We have other missions because I believe that out of the 29 targets set by the Ministry of Defense, only seven didn’t hit, but gradually we will. There is no need for a large-scale attack at the moment, but in the future, we have to wait and see.”

No need for talks with US President Joe Biden

 

US President Joe Biden (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin

During the press conference, the Kremlin owner also mentioned that he did not feel the need “to hold talks with his US counterpart Joe Biden at this time. Furthermore, he said he has not yet decided whether to attend the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, next month or not.

“I don’t see the need to hold a negotiation (with President Biden.) Therefore, I have not finalized plans to attend the G20 summit,” he said.

President Biden said he had “no intention” to meet with his Russian counterpart unless President Putin approached first. “I have no intention of meeting him. But suppose, if he comes to me at the G20 and says I want to discuss the release of (US citizen) Griner, then I will.”

“Russia-NATO conflict will be a global disaster.”

Putin warned that if NATO sent troops to confront Russian troops directly in Ukraine, it would be a “very dangerous step that could lead to global catastrophe”. “I hope that they are sober enough to avoid those steps,” the Russian leader said.

In the context of NATO and the United States’ commitment to continue to provide arms to Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned on October 11: “Moscow will not hesitate to take measures in response to Western interference with the West.” We warn and hope that Washington and NATO recognize the danger of an uncontrolled escalation of tensions.”

Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov said increased Western support for Ukraine would increase the risk of a clash between Russia and NATO.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s partial mobilization will end within the next two weeks and that he has no plans to mobilize more.

On September 21, he signed a decree to mobilize part of the reserve force. The partial mobilization he ordered last month had registered 222,000 of the 300,000 reservists the Russian Defense Ministry set as an initial goal. A total of 33,000 have joined military units, and 16,000 are deployed for combat.

 

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